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Grateful Leadership® Certified Professional

Since IIL first published The Power of Acknowledgment in 2006, over 100,000 people all over the globe have been exposed to this powerful message. This grew into the life and work-altering Grateful Leadership revolution!               

People who experience this model of leadership report amazing breakthroughs on both a personal and professional level. They have a contagious enthusiasm and take immediate action toward putting Grateful Leadership into practice, in every part of their lives and work.

That’s why today, IIL is pleased to announce the launch of a brand new Grateful Leadership initiative:

The Grateful Leadership® Certified Professional, Level 1 (of 2)

This time and cost- efficient program is designed to give YOU the opportunity to teach others about Grateful Leadership and to personally, and exponentially, grow as a Grateful Leader. And I’ll be with you every step of the way.

By successfully completing the program, you will achieve Grateful Leadership® Certification, Level 1 which enables you to lead your very own one-hour Grateful Leadership sessions. How cool is that? And down the road, once you see the power of this initiative, you may want to pursue a Level 2 Certification which enables you to be a Certified Grateful Leadership Instructor and to teach full-day courses in your organization and beyond.

Here’s an overview of the steps to Level 1 certification:

  1. Submission of the Grateful Leadership Certification Level 1 application (short questions and an essay about your purpose and passion for doing this)
  2. Interview with Grateful Leadership creator Judith W. Umlas to determine eligibility
  3. Completion of IIL’s On-Demand Grateful Leadership Program (certified for 6 PDUs, 6 HRCI credits) – 7 hours
  4. Complete reading of the Grateful Leadership ebook, which is included as a resource in the On-Demand course
  5. Preparation for first one-hour GL presentation using Leader’s Guide and Slides (estimated practice time: 3 hours)
  6. Online Delivery of presentation to Judith W. Umlas and Grateful Leadership Advisory Committee Members (one hour)
  7. Lead Grateful Leadership one-hour presentation for a group in the candidate’s company or organization of choice
  8. Review evaluations from attendees with Advisory Committee members
  9. Approval for Grateful Leadership Certification, Level 1 Credential 

Cost for Certification: $550

Annual Renewal Requirements/Fees:

  • Proof of delivering a minimum of three one-hour GL sessions during the previous year.
  • Participation in a minimum of 3 Center for Grateful Leadership (CGL) one hour monthly webinars
  • Receipt and use of all updated presentation materials, handouts
  • Cost of Renewal: USD $125 standard;  USD $95 for CGL Members


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